At a joint press conference with the Japanese Prime Minister on April 28, U.S. President Barack Obama expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for visiting the Arlington National Cemetery, a U.S. military cemetery, saying: "Your gesture is a powerful reminder that the past can be overcome, former adversaries can become the closest of allies, and that nations can build a future together."
On Sunday, the world marked World Press Freedom Day under the theme 'Let journalism thrive! Towards better reporting, gender equality and media safety in the digital age'.
The two main South Korean political parties are facing mounting criticism for agreeing to expand payouts from the national pension service without suggesting plans on how to fund the increase.
Never has there been so much public anger and outrage over a traffic accident and the reasons are obvious.
Last week, on the eve of the annual ASEAN summit meeting, Beijing warned the 10-nation grouping to "refrain from entangling itself" in rows with China, which risked "win-win cooperation" with the emerging superpower.
Nepal's health sector has been badly hit by the great earthquake, and it will be months before many of the health facilities are up and running.
The singular focus of the many who have raced to Nepal in its hour of great need ought to spur others to lend a hand too. Although there's doubt if more survivors can be found nine days after the quake, there is also much to be done for the injured, the tens of thousands with nothing but makeshift shelters, and the three million depending on food aid. Such is the scale of the hardship that the United Nations is appealing for US$415 million (NT$12.73 million) from the international community. Contributions are far short of the target -- for example, its giant neighbor, China, has offered US$9.8 million so far.
Coordination among various agencies in times of natural disaster is always a difficult task. In the aftermath of the Great Earthquake, this problem has been even more apparent given its magnitude. Many individuals and organizations, based on information obtained from the media, are collecting relief materials and rushing to nearby districts to provide help.
Unlike the first Fight of the Century, the 1971 match between undefeated heavyweight champions Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier at Madison Square Garden, the Fight of the Century held at the MGM Grand Sunday will not qualify as a battle for the ages. It did not, in a word, live up to the hype. There is a lesson in that -- but perhaps not what many disappointed fans might think.
China has been known as a state of comity (禮儀之邦) for millennia. Comity means friendly, social atmosphere. China used to be a country of social harmony. It isn't a state of comity any more.
- Joe Hung